Division of Student Affairs
TABLE OF CONTENTS
My School 2
My Role 2
Academic Misconduct 3
Computing Ethics 5
Unprofessional, Unethical, and Dangerous Behavior 5
General Conduct 6
Substance Use 6
Harassment and Discrimination 7
Dress Guidelines 10
Entertainment Guidelines 10
Sexuality and Relationships 1 1
Personal and Community Respect 1 1
Discipline Process 1 1
Restorative Practices 12
Point, Fine and Community Service System 12
Appeals for General Misconduct (Non-Academic) 15
Disciplinary Probation 15
Retention/N on-Retums 16
Administrative Withdrawal 16
Complaint Reporting 17
Living Off Campus 19
Student Records 19
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) 19
Welcome to Liberty University! Since 1971, our mission as a university has been to provide a world-class educational
experience with a solid Christian foundation to equip men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential
for success in every aspect of life. With our unique heritage and expanding influence, Liberty is dedicated to
preparing you to succeed in your chosen profession and service to others as a true Champion for Christ.
Jesus Himself summarized all the laws of the Old Testament in the Great Commandment. He said that we are to love
God with all of our heart, soul, and mind and to love our neighbors as ourselves. The goal of The Liberty Way
(Student Honor Code) is to encourage and instruct our students how to love God through a life of service to others.
The way we treat others in our community is a direct reflection of our love for God.
Liberty’s community guidelines come in various forms. Some are local, state, or federal laws that must be obeyed by
all. Some are based on Biblical mandates or principles that lead us to develop virtues characteristic of a Champion for
Christ. Others are just preferences that promote deference to one another while living in the community. However, all
are important for creating the kind of university community, we seek to provide.
To this end, the Honor Code sets forth the procedures that apply when misconduct by a student is alleged to have
occurred. Students are charged with notice of and are bound by this Honor Code and all students agree to comply with
Attendance at Liberty University is a privilege and, as a private educational institution, Liberty is free to control the
admission and attendance of students. While this Honor Code has evolved over time, it has served our community well
by articulating expectations of students and providing guidelines for life in a Christian educational community. This is
our university and this is our Honor Code.
Students are responsible to know and comply with the terms of The Liberty Way (Student Honor Code). Students also
are responsible to report all circumstances, which they believe constitute a major violation of the Honor Code to the
Office of Community Life . Intentional breach of this responsibility will be considered a violation of the Honor Code.
Every student should give testimony or evidence relevant to any alleged violation of the Honor Code, if requested.
Every student is asked to respect Liberty's Statement of Doctrine and Purpose and should avoid any activity, on or off
campus, which would contradict the university’s mission or purpose, compromise the testimony or reputation of the
university, or disrupt Liberty's Christian learning environment. All members of the Liberty University community are
asked to affirm the following:
"We, the students, faculty and staff of Liberty University, have a responsibility to uphold the moral and ethical
standards of this institution and personally confront those who do not. "
Academic misconduct is considered conduct that undermines the academic integrity of Liberty University and
includes, but is not limited to, academic dishonesty, plagiarism, and falsification.
During examinations, academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to:
• Referring to information not specifically condoned by the instructor
• Receiving information from a fellow student
• Stealing, buying, receiving, selling or transmitting any portion of an examination
Outside of examinations, academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to:
• Allowing another student to copy any portion of one’s own work
• Using unauthorized aid of any kind
• Stealing, buying, receiving, selling or transmitting coursework of any kind
Plagiarism on papers, projects or any assignment prepared for a class includes, but is not limited to:
• Omitting quotation marks or other conventional markings around material quoted from any printed source
• Paraphrasing or quoting a specific passage from a specific source without properly referencing the source
• Replicating another person’s work, in whole or in part, and submitting it as an original work
• Submitting work previously used to fulfill academic requirements for any course at any institution at any
level, including Liberty University, without written permission from both faculty members
• Purchasing material of any kind and representing it as one’s own work
Falsification of a school document includes, but is not limited to:
• Unauthorized signing of another person's name to an official form or document
• Unauthorized modification, copying, or production of a university document or any document to mislead the
• Dishonestly answering or providing information in the application process
• Failure to fully and truthfully disclose criminal history when required to do so
• Citing a source that does not exist
• Falsely attributing ideas or information to a cited source that does not contain that material
• Including a source in a bibliography when the source was neither cited in the body of the paper nor consulted
• Inventing or intentionally distorting data or statistical result
• Communicating false information to a faculty member in connection with an academic matter
• Any student who knowingly assists in any form of academic misconduct will be considered as equally
responsible as the student who accepts such assistance.
Reporting Process for Academic Misconduct
The reporting procedure is as follows:
• The instructor (or staff member, if applicable) will confront the student within one week of the discovery of
• The instructor will write a report outlining the violation, the inquiry conducted, the recommended sanction) s)
and the overall rationale
• The report will be provided to the student
• The sanction must include the student receiving a grade of "F" for the course
NOTE : The student will be allowed to appeal (See Appeal Process Below).
• The report will be sent to the department chairperson
• A copy of the report will be sent to the Division of Student Affairs at which time the appropriate Community
Life Associate Director will work with the faculty member to determine the penalty for each infraction
Appeal Process for Academic Misconduct
When a student has been reported for academic dishonesty involving sanctions and the student feels he or she is being
unjustly accused or is being treated unfairly, he or she may choose to appeal the decision and recommendation of the
faculty member. That appeal process is as follows:
• The student must submit a written appeal to the department chairperson within ten business days of receiving
the instructor’s report. The appeal should clearly state the reason) s) why the student believes that he or she
did not violate the Student Honor Code, as well as the reason) s) why the sanction(s) imposed was
inappropriate. Additionally, the student should state what sanctions he or she concludes would be appropriate.
• The chairperson will review the instructor's report and the student's written appeal, may consult with the
instructor and/or student, then will notify the instructor and the student of his or her decision. In determining
whether a violation has occurred, decision makers will apply a “clear and convincing” evidence standard. For
determining all other matters, all decision makers will apply a “greater weight” of the evidence standard.
• If the student is not satisfied with the department chairperson's decision and desires to appeal it, he or she
must submit a written appeal to the dean of the school or college (i.e., School of Business, College of Arts
and Sciences, etc.) within one calendar week of receiving the chairperson’s decision. The dean of the school
will review the student's second appeal, as well as the faculty member's report and the student’s initial appeal.
When a decision has been reached, the dean will notify the department chairperson, the faculty member, and
• If the student is not satisfied with the dean's decision and desires to appeal it, he or she has one calendar week
from receiving the dean’s decision to request a hearing before the Senate Committee on Academic and
Admissions Standards. The dean will contact the registrar, who will arrange the hearing. The committee will
meet with the student, review all reports, appeals and facts, and make a recommendation to the Vice President
for Academic Affairs (VPAA). The VPAA will make a final decision after considering the committee’s
recommendation and will notify the student of that decision.
• The VPAA's decision is the final step in the appeal process. Should any appeal result in a ruling of “no
violation,” a report indicating such will be forwarded to all appropriate parties to expunge the student’s
permanent academic record, as well as remove any academic holds or academic restrictions. A decision of
“no violation” will be considered final and cannot be appealed by an instructor or staff member.
Many students will use LU’s computing resources through classes that require such use or through on-campus
employment. Liberty University stringently obeys copyright laws and license agreements that govern computer
software. No student should ever make copies of university-owned computer software.
Liberty University has established a Code of Computing Ethics and an Academic Computing Policy. If you use the
computing resources of the university, you are responsible for adhering to these policies. If the instructor or the
campus employer authorizing your access to the computer resources of the university does not give you a copy, it is
your responsibility to ask for one.
Violation of these standards will make a student subject to student disciplinary action by Liberty University and may
lead to denial of future computing privileges. For violation of laws and license agreements, a student may also be
subject to other private or public legal action under applicable Virginia or federal laws and regulations. If the violation
of such laws and license agreement results in financial loss to Liberty University, damages and costs assessed to the
university can in turn be assessed to the student who violated the laws/agreements.
Unprofessional, Unethical, and Dangerous Behavior
Liberty University has a professional and ethical responsibility to evaluate students based on their ability to
successfully carry out the tasks associated with their degree and/or required licensure (if applicable). As such, the
faculty of Liberty University will not approve program completion for students who demonstrate behaviors that may
interfere with future professional competence and Liberty University reserves the right to require a plan of
remediation if any of the following apply:
• The student demonstrates unprofessional or unethical conduct while acting as a representative of Liberty
University, or in interactions with Liberty University faculty or staff.
• The university determines that the student’s current emotional, mental or physical well-being compromise
the integrity of the degree or licensure, or potentially place others in harm’s way or an unduly vulnerable
Such action constitutes unprofessional, unethical, and/or dangerous behavior and is a violation of the Student Honor
Code. In any of these cases, a remediation plan will be formulated in conjunction with the appropriate dean or
associate dean, the student and the Office of Community Life . The purpose of the remediation plan is to assist students
in correcting any deficits in his or her ability to successfully complete the requirements of his or her degree and/or
required licensure so that the student may successfully complete the program. Remediation procedures can include
actions such as repeating particular courses, obtaining personal counseling, completing additional assignments, or in
extreme cases, academic suspension, or dismissal from Liberty University.
Life outside the classroom take up a significant amount of a student’s time and the university expects students to take
responsibility for their behavior and choices. When those choices violate The Liberty Way (Student Honor Code), the
university has a responsibility to administer discipline with love and mercy.
Liberty University prohibits the possession, use, manufacture, or distribution of alcoholic beverages, tobacco, nicotine
and illegal drugs or controlled substances by its students, whether this occurs on or off campus. This includes the use
or possession of prescription medications not prescribed to the student and the abuse of prescribed medication.
Violations of this prohibition may result in disciplinary action, including administrative withdrawal. In addition, the
possession, use, manufacture and/or distribution of illegal substances is a crime and Liberty University will cooperate
with law enforcement authorities who are charged with enforcing the law.
Liberty University recognizes that substance abuse is a serious problem nationally and the education of students and
employees on dangers inherent in substance abuse is an important aspect in addressing the problem. The university
will incorporate educational information through academic courses, Convocation, community resources, and
utilization of campus mental and health-care professionals.
Counseling and Referral
Liberty University students who are at risk of drug or alcohol abuse have access to counseling through Liberty’s
Student Counseling Services and its programs, including a local chapter of Celebrate Recovery. Student Counseling
Services may also refer students to other health-care agencies or counselors as needed. Any cost incurred or insurance
claims filed for outside services are the responsibility of the student.
Drug Testing Program
For the protection of its students and community, the university conducts an on-going program of mandatory random
drug testing. Students agree to the following:
* To participate in and cooperate with the university’s drug-testing program, which permits the testing of any
student (hair, urine or blood as specified by the one administering the test), irrespective of the method by
which that student was selected (randomly or based on suspected use or possession).
NOTE: Students who test positive for drug use will he responsible for covering the cost of the drug test.
* Failure to cooperate with the university's drug testing program will itself result in disciplinary action.
* Failure to achieve a negative drug test (i.e., the absence of illegal drugs) will result in disciplinary action
against a student. Such action may include administrative withdrawal from the university.
• Possession and use of illegal drugs may also require notification of law enforcement authorities.
• Any person administering a drug test may communicate the student’s drug test results to the Office of
Community Life , or other offices within the university, for possible disciplinary action. Such communication
will not constitute a breach of any confidentiality.
• To waive all claims one might have against Liberty University or its employees as to any threatened or actual
damage to reputation, privacy, mental/emotional condition resulting from the administration of the drug tests,
the processing of the drug tests or the enforcement of the university's disciplinary or academic penalties.
• To waive all legal claims of any nature, such as those claims one might have against Liberty University or its
employees, arising out of drug testing.
• Any disciplinary action against a student could also involve academic penalties, including the possibility of
loss of credit for work completed during the semester in which the disciplinary action is taken.
• Any possible refund of monies paid will be subject to the refund policy as stated in the Liberty University
• Admission to and enrollment at Liberty University does not exempt a student from the university's
disciplinary and academic penalties, even though a drug problem may have been revealed to the university
prior to, at the time of, or after enrollment.
Harassment & Discrimination
Liberty University is committed to providing students and employees with an environment free of harassment. Any
person or group who commits acts of harassment or discrimination based upon race, ethnicity, gender, or disability, on
or off campus, will be subject to disciplinary action, which could result in dismissal from the university. Any act of
harassment (i.e., physical, psychological, verbal or sexual) that is threatening, is considered a serious offense and will
not be tolerated.
Sexual Harassment, Discrimination, and Assault
Liberty University is committed to providing students and employees with an environment free from all forms of sex-
based discrimination, which can include acts of sexual violence, sexual misconduct, and disrespect for one another.
Non-consensual sexual intercourse, non-consensual sexual contact, sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, dating
violence, domestic violence, and stalking are all prohibited at Liberty University. All members of the Liberty
community are expected to treat everyone with a spirit of Christian love, mutual respect, and individual dignity.
The university provides educational and spiritual programming to promote our commitment to biblical principles of
abstinence and purity. Our programming also promotes the awareness of any type of sexual discrimination prohibited
by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Sex-based misconduct offenses include, but are not limited to:
• Sexual harassment; sexual exploitation
• Non-consensual sexual contact (or attempts to commit same)
• Non-consensual sexual intercourse (or attempts to commit same)
Other misconduct offenses, when based on sex or gender, include, but are not limited to:
• Domestic violence
• Dating violence
Reporting and Process
Any student who believes that he or she has been the subject of sexual harassment, discrimination, or assault in any
form should immediately report the incident to Liberty University’s Title IX Office and/or to Liberty University Police
Department (LUPD). Students who would like assistance in contacting local authorities may request such help from
For confidential reporting options, please contact:
• Student Counseling Services : 434-582-2651 ( studentcounselingservicesfeliberty.edu)
• Sexual Assault Response Program (SARP): 434-947-7273
• LU Shepherds Office (case-bv-case): 434-592-5411 ( lushepherdfe, liberty. edu )
• Student Health & Wellness Services: 434-200-6370
All responsible employees are required to report incidents of sexual harassment, discrimination or assault to the Title IX
Office, unless designated as a confidential reporting option. The university will provide prompt, compassionate, and
discreet support to victims. When a student contacts the Title IX Office, he or she will be given the opportunity to
make a formal complaint with the Title IX Office . The office will take immediate steps to inquire or investigate a
complaint, stop the occurrence of the harassment/violence, protect and prevent reoccurrence, provide support and
resources to those affected or involved, and ensure the safety of the campus/community. Interim measures and
reasonable accommodations are available to affected parties. Reporting parties will review a Notification Checklist to
ensure that the reporting parties are aware of resources and appropriate accommodations.
Regardless of the location of the incident, all reports will be investigated. Any reporting party may request
confidentiality; however, Requests for confidentiality are considered by the Title IX Office on a case-by-case basis
and the decision to approve or deny is based on student/community safety concerns. Pursuant to Virginia Code § 23-
9.2:15, in a situation involving sexual violence, a student’s request for confidentiality will be granted at the discretion
of the Threat Assessment Team.
In order to encourage reports of conduct prohibited under this policy, an alleged victim or cooperating
witness that may have been involved in a Code of Honor violation who makes a voluntary report or gives
evidence to the Title IX Office related to a Title IX investigation, will be treated similarly to a Self-Report
for Honor Code purposes. For example, if an alleged victim or cooperating witness reports a Title IX violation or
gives truthful testimony in support of a Title IX investigation and that report or testimony implicates a student as
having been involved with another Code of Honor violation (e.g. alcohol, immorality), the cooperating witness
will not be sanctioned for that conduct. Under this provision, a cooperating witness may be asked to participate in
development opportunities or educational services.
Liberty University strongly encourages that all forms of sexual harassment, discrimination, or assault be reported. If
the student is not sure whether an incident qualifies as a violation of the Policy on Sexual Harassment, Discrimination,
or Assault , he or she should contact one of the Title IX coordinators from the list below:
Director of Title IX
University Title IX Office
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Graduate & Online Community Life
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
School of Law
Dr. Ray Morrison
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
School of Osteopathic Medicine
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Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Additionally, any student, faculty, or staff may contact the Liberty University Police Department or local police
department for emergencies, questions, or concerns regarding an incident of sexual harassment, discrimination, or
• LUPD Emergency (434) 592-3911
• LUPD Non-emergency (434) 592-7641
Any act of sexual harassment, discrimination, assault or any other sex-based misconduct that interferes with the
student-learning environment (as determined by the Office of Community Life and the Title IX Office ), is a serious
offense, and will not be tolerated. Any Liberty University student who violates this policy will be subject to
disciplinary action, which may result in dismissal for a minimum of two semesters. In addition, any student who is
dismissed from the university will be restricted from campus.
In addition, since the university takes such charges seriously, where the results of an investigation reveal a complaint
of racial discrimination or harassment to be frivolous or groundless, the individual having made such a complaint may
be subject to disciplinary action. Refer to the university’s Title IX Office webpage at www.liberty.edu/titleix to view
the complete Sexual Discrimination, Harassment, and Assault Policy.
Racial Harassment & Discrimination
Liberty University insists that all members of the university community are entitled to and shall be afforded an
environment free of racism — whether overt or subtle. Therefore, members of the university community will not
tolerate racial discrimination or harassment of any kind.
Behavior that constitutes racial discrimination or harassment is prohibited by Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act
and is a violation of the Student Honor Code. This includes, but is not limited to, racial/ethnic slurs, coarse jesting with
racial/ethnic overtones and other forms of communication resulting in disparagement or intimidation based on race or
Reporting and Process
• Report any incident of racial harassment or discrimination to the Office of Community Life or the Center for
Multicultural Enrichment .
• The Office of Community Life will review the racial discrimination/harassment policy with the complainant.
• Complainant will complete and submit an official Statement for Record.
• Complainant must decide whether to pursue a formal complaint, which may result in disciplinary action.
• The Conduct Review Committee will examine the results of the investigation and determine the best course
• The Office of Community Life will conduct a final interview with complainant.
Any Liberty University student who engages in racial discrimination or harassment is subject to disciplinary action,
along with possible fines, and community service and/or possible administrative withdrawal. In addition, since the
university takes such charges seriously, where the results of an investigation reveal a complaint of racial
discrimination or harassment to be frivolous or groundless, the individual having made such a complaint may be
subject to disciplinary action.
While the university recognizes that opinions vary considerably regarding appropriate dress, the university has
established simple guidelines, which students are required to follow while on campus. Cleanliness, neatness,
appropriateness, and modesty are the general guiding factors with regard to dress.
Resident Assistants (RAs), Resident Directors (RDs), Community Life Associate Directors (ADs), as well as other
university staff, will enforce dress guidelines and educate all students regarding these guidelines. Questions
concerning the standard of dress should be addressed to the Office of Community Life , which may make the final
determination as to appropriateness.
Men ’s Dress for Students
Hairstyles and fashion should avoid extremes. Students must dress modestly and appropriately at all times. Facial
jewelry is prohibited.
* Class Dress is required in academic and administrative buildings before 4:30 pm on weekdays and in all
classes, regardless of time. Class dress consists of shoes, long pants, and shirts. Hats or hoods should not be
worn in class or Convocation.
* Casual Dress is acceptable in academic and administrative buildings after 4:30 pm on weekdays and in the
Reber/Thomas Dining Hall for all meals. Casual dress consists of class dress or loose-fitting, modest shorts,
warm ups and shoes. Swimming pool attire should be modest.
Women ’s Dress for Students
Hairstyles and fashion should avoid extremes. Students must dress modestly and appropriately at all times.
* Class Dress is required in academic and administrative buildings before 4:30 pm on weekdays and in all
classes, regardless of time. Class dress consists of shoes and neat clothing, skirts/dresses (no shorter than two
inches above the knee), pants (including capri/cropped pants), and jeans. Shorts are not permitted for class.
* Casual Dress is acceptable in academic and administrative buildings after 4:30 pm on weekdays and in the
Reber/Thomas Dining Hall for all meals. Casual dress consists of class dress and/or loose-fitting modest
shorts, warm ups, and shoes. Earrings and plugs may be worn in ears and small studs may be worn in the
nose. No other facial piercings or plugs are allowed, including tongue. Swimming pool attire on campus
should consist of a modest one-piece suit.
NOTE: Individual schools, i.e. School of Business, etc., may implement a more rigorous standard of dress for
students enrolled in their school. Liberty University online students are asked to follow these guidelines only while
present on university property.
Liberty University maintains a conservative standard in its approach to the arts and entertainment; therefore, the
following guidelines for practical guidance purposes for students on campus have been implemented:
* Media or entertainment that is offensive to Liberty's standards and traditions (i.e., lewd lyrics, anti-Christian
message, sexual content, nudity, pornography, etc.) is not permitted.
* Resident Directors or Community Life Associate Directors (ADs) are available to give guidance and clarify
areas of confusion. No student will be penalized for a first offense of non-clarified issues.
• While industry ratings systems for movies, games, and other media generally are not reliable standards, they
can be helpful in identifying content. Movie content rated “X” and “NC- 17” and video game content rated
“A” are not permitted.
• Caution should be used in viewing movie content rated “R” and “PG-13” and video game content rated “M”.
• Personal entertainment should not disrupt the academic atmosphere of the residence hall. Noise of any kind
(including music and television) in a resident room is considered too loud if it can be heard in the hallway.
• The Division of Student Affairs will continue to develop guidelines and principles related to all forms of
entertainment. Activities outside of these standards and guidelines are violations of the Student Honor Code.
Sexuality & Relationships
Sexual relations outside of a biblically ordained marriage between a natural-born man and a natural-born woman are
not permissible at Liberty University. In personal relationships, students are encouraged to know and abide by
common-sense guidelines to avoid the appearance of impropriety. Activities outside of these standards and guidelines
are violations of the Student Honor Code.
Personal & Community Respect
Respect is an attitude and behavior that should be afforded to all members of the university community through proper
acknowledgement of their personal and professional position. Students are asked to observe academic courtesy with
regard to all titles (Dr., Dean, Mr., Mrs., or Miss). Students should not use first names when speaking to or about
faculty or staff members. Students are expected to exercise proper decorum in the classroom. Men must remove
headwear in classrooms and academic buildings.
At Liberty University, we believe in the inherent value and dignity of all men and women as God has created them.
We are committed to treating everyone who visits our campus, in athletic competition or otherwise, with respect, and
we actively encourage our male and female students, faculty and staff, and athletes to love others as Christ loves them.
Proper respect should be shown from one student to another at all times. Derogatory comments of a sexual, religious,
or racial nature will not be tolerated. Students are expected to treat all members of the university community and
guests in a spirit of Christian love, mutual respect, and individual dignity.
Participation in hazing is prohibited. Hazing is defined as any act committed against someone in any organization that
is humiliating, intimidating, or demeaning, and/or endangers the health and safety of the person, regardless of the
willingness to participate, and includes active and passive participation in such activities.
Living as part of the university community is a privilege. All members of the university community are expected to
respect the rights of and give deference to others. Conduct that disrupts the community living and educational
environment is not permitted.
Liberty University’s discipline process is designed to help maintain an environment that supports the spiritual
development and academic success of students. The process is intended to be redemptive, restorative, and carried out
with love and grace.
Restorative Practices offer a multifaceted approach to situations where conflict or disciplinary issues occur by
promoting holistic and healing processes that encourage students to live peaceably in community with one another.
Restorative practices include all those impacted by the behavior-responsible parties, harmed parties, and/or
community members, and focus on repairing the damage, as well as preventing future harms. Restorative Practices is
comprised of a spectrum of services including Conflict Coaching , Mediation , and Restorative Conferences , and are
facilitated through the Office of Community Life .
• Conflict Coaching is a means through which students experiencing conflict in the residence halls can use
student leadership as a resource for support in addressing and resolving low-level conflicts and disputes.
• Mediation is a form of conflict resolution, which allows students to work through difficult situations or
disagreements with the assistance of a trained facilitator, who serves as a neutral third party.
• Restorative Conferences are an alternative process of discipline for students that focus on helping students
learn from mistakes and repair harm caused to others by the violations committed. Restorative Conferences
involve a number of individuals, in addition to responsible parties, including victims and community
members, who work collaboratively to find effective ways to repair harms, restore trust, and prevent further
violations from occurring. While principles of restoration are utilized at every level of discipline, Restorative
Conferences are best used for discipline issues that carry the consequence of 18-30 points.
NOTE: Sexual assault offenses are not addressed through a Restorative Conference.
Point, Fine and Community Service System
For situations not addressed through Restorative Practices, a point, fine and community service system is used to
address discipline-related issues. The purpose of the sanctions is not to punish, but to reinforce the principles of the
Student Honor Code. Sanctions are considered according to the guidelines listed below:
• Late to Convocation (1 additional point for each additional 15 minutes late)
• Late for curfew (1 additional point for each additional 30 minutes late)
4 Points (+ $10.00 Fine)
• Absence from or disturbances in a required meeting (Convocation, etc.)
• Disturbance/non-participation during Convocation
• Dress code violation
• Failure to respond to a Student Affairs official call slip within 48 hours
• Inappropriate personal contact
• Improper sign-out
• Curfew violation
Appeals for one-to-four point offenses must be submitted in writing to the respective Resident Director (RD) within
48 hours of notification. Commuter students may appeal to the student court within 48 hours of notification.
6 Points (+ $25.00 Fine)
• Possession and/or use of tobacco
• Use of e-cigarettes/vaping on campus
• Attendance at a dance
• Minor violation of the Statement on Personal & Community Respect (e.g. direct disobedience; disrespect to
faculty, staff, or fellow student; noise disturbance on the hall; conduct that disrupts community or damages
property; minor usage of profane language)
Appeals for 6-point offenses must be submitted in writing to the respective RD or the student court within 48 hours of
12 Points (+ $ 50.00 Fine)
• Minor violation of the Statement on Sexuality & Relationships (e.g. inappropriate personal contact; visiting
alone with the opposite sex at an off-campus residence; entering the residence hallway, quad, or on-campus
apartment of the opposite sex or allowing the same; visiting any dwelling or residence with a member of the
opposite sex in inappropriate circumstances)
Appeals for 12-point offenses must be submitted in writing to the respective RD or the student court within 48 hours
of notification. The RD or student court will uphold, dismiss, or adjust the sanction. The decision of the RD or student
court will be final.
18 Points (+ $ 250 Fine & 18 Hours Disciplinary Community Service)
• Academic misconduct, including dishonesty, plagiarism, or falsification
• Commission or conviction of a misdemeanor
• Falsification of information on an official document (including sign-out sheet)
• Failure to properly identify oneself
• Intentional participation in a social gathering where alcohol is served (e.g. party, bar, or nightclub) or illegal
drugs are used
• Obscene, profane or abusive language or behavior
• Violation of the Entertainment Guidelines (may be considered a 12-18 point violation)
• Sexual misconduct and/or any state of undress with member of opposite sex
• Threat to do bodily harm
• Hazing or violation of the Statement on Personal & Community Respect , creating a disruption to community
• Vandalism (plus financial restitution)
Appeals for 18-point offenses must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Community Life or student court
within 48 hours of notification. A decision will be rendered in writing regarding the appeal and the decision will be
30 Points (+ $500.00 Fine, 30 Hours Disciplinary Community Service, & Possible Administrative Withdrawal)
NOTE: For each accumulation of six or more points after 30, an additional $150 fine will be assessed.
• Commission/conviction of any felony
• Violation of the Policy on Sexual Harassment. Discrimination, and Assault Tup to 30 points plus possible
fines, community service, and/or administrative withdrawal — minimum two semesters out — and transcript
notation as required by Virginia law)
• Violation of the Policy on Racial Harassment & Discrimination (up to 30 points plus possible fines,
community service and/or administrative withdrawal)
• Violation of the Statement on Sexuality & Relationship, including immorality or spending the night with a
member of the opposite sex
• Life-threatening behavior or language (possible immediate removal/exclusion from campus and a minimum
of two semesters out)
• Hazing or violation of the Statement on Personal & Community Respect , whereby personal harm is caused
• Non-participation in classes or extended absence from university community without notice
• Disruption to university community or violation of the Statement on Personal & Community Respect
• Non-compliance with directives of any university representative or Behavioral Plan
• Drug possession, use/distribution, or association with individuals possessing or using illegal drugs (possible
minimum two semesters out)
• Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages
• Refusal to submit to an Alco-Sensor test and/or drug test as directed by a university representative
• Procuring/financing/facilitating/obtaining an abortion
• Stealing or possession of stolen property (plus financial restitution; possible minimum two semesters out)
• Unauthorized possession/use of weapons
• Violation of the university concealed carry policy
Appeals for 30-point offenses (non-dismissal) must be submitted in writing to the student court or the Dean of
Students at deanofstudents(a;libertv.edu within 48 hours of notification of sanction.
NOTE: As the semester ends, there may not be time for the student to complete his or her DCS. In that case, fines will
be issued in lieu of DCS as follows: 18 hours = $100 fine; 30 hours = $150. Any student who violates disciplinary
probation may not be allowed to return for the following semester.
Major Liberty University regulations and policies are in effect at all times, including semester breaks, and summer
(weekends, fall, Christmas, spring, etc.). All students residing on and off campus are expected to abide by the
standards of conduct outlined in the Student Honor Code until enrollment is broken, the student graduates, or the
student is dismissed from the university.
What happens if a student receives sanctions?
Any student, who is reported for 18 or 30-point violations of the Student Honor Code, will meet with the appropriate
Community Life Associate Director (AD) for a personal conference. The AD will present the alleged violation(s) to
the student, and the student will be given an opportunity to present his or her position concerning the allegation(s).
The AD, and possibly another Student Affairs staff member, will conduct an investigation of the alleged violation(s).
If the allegations are determined to be true, the process is as follows:
• For most 18-point violations, the AD will schedule a follow up meeting with the student to notify them of the
investigation outcome, applicable sanctions, and appeal process. The Resident Director may handle some 18-
• For most 30-point violations, the Conduct Review Committee (CRC) will consider the facts and relevant
information concerning the violation(s), including the student’s prior disciplinary record, before voting on
imposing the sanction(s). Once a decision has been reached, the student will be notified of the investigation
outcome, applicable sanctions, and appeal process. Some 30-point violations may be handled by the AD.
NOTE: During the investigative process, the student should continue attending classes.
What is a campus restriction?
In the event that the matter under investigation is deemed by the Office of Community Life to pose a potential safety
risk to the campus community, the alleged offender may be required to live off campus for the duration of the
investigation, or until such a time as deemed fit by the Office of Community Life . The Office of Community Life may
consult with the Dean of Students and/or the Liberty University Police Department in these matters. If required to
submit to a campus restriction, the alleged offender will be responsible for the cost of temporary off campus housing.
Appeals for General Misconduct (Non-Academic)
At various points in the disciplinary process, opportunities for student appeals are provided, as outlined in the Student
Flonor Code point system below:
• Deadlines must be observed
• Written appeals are always required. The appeal should clearly state:
Reason(s) why the student believes that he or she did not violate the Honor Code
Reason(s) why the sanction(s) imposed were inappropriate
What sanctions he or she concludes would be appropriate
• Decision makers on an appeal may consider all submissions of the staff and the student from each stage in
• Decisions are final at different stages as specified in the Honor Code point system, depending on the severity
of the offense
For appeals resulting in a ruling of “no violation,” appropriate notification and documentation in the
student’s record will occur, as necessary, as well as removal of any holds or restrictions
• There is no option to appeal a final decision
NOTE: A decision of “no violation ” will be considered final and cannot be appealed by a staff member. Title IX
cases may be appealed by either an alleged offender or alleged victim.
Disciplinary probation is a means by which the university can closely monitor a student's success when there has been
a semester of discipline-related difficulties. Disciplinary probation includes any required accountability by the Office
of Community Life . A student may be placed on disciplinary probation if one of the following occurs:
• Accumulation of 22+ points during any semester of attendance
• Student has been dismissed from school for the previous semester in attendance
A written notice will be recorded in the student's conduct file. Any student who accumulates 34+ points in one
semester, while on disciplinary probation will be considered in violation of probation and may not be allowed to return
for a period of one semester. Any single student placed on disciplinary probation may be required to live on campus
for the semester of the disciplinary probation. Any student on disciplinary probation may not run for or hold an office
in the Student Government Association .
NOTE: Points are accumulated and tabulated on a per-semester basis.
Enrollment at Liberty University does not guarantee continuous enrollment until graduation. Any student who
accumulates 34+ points for two consecutive semesters may be asked not to return to school the following semester. In
addition, any student who commits a 30-point offense may be dismissed or not be allowed to return the following
semester. A student will not be permitted to participate in intensives or summer school during the non-return period.
Retention/non-return decisions must be appealed in writing to the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs (SVPSA)
or designee. The SVPSA or designee will render a decision regarding the appeal and the decision will be final. The
student's cumulative discipline record may be reviewed as part of this process.
What happens if the Conduct Review Committee votes for administrative withdrawal?
If the Conduct Review Committee (CRC) decision is for administrative withdrawal, an Associate Director for
Community Life will communicate the decision of administrative withdrawal directly to the student. The student has
24 hours after receiving notification of a decision of administrative withdrawal to appeal.
What happens if a student decides to accept the decision of the Conduct Review Committee?
If the student waives the appeal of a CRC decision, the student will be asked to sign a “Waiver of Appeal” and will
then follow the procedures required to process an administrative withdrawal. The student typically will have 48 hours
from signing the waiver to leave the university.
What happens if a student decides to appeal the decision of the Conduct Review Committee?
To appeal a decision of administrative withdrawal to a Judicial Review Board (JRB), the student must notify the
Community Life Associate Director within 24 hours after receiving notification of the CRC decision of the intent to
appeal. Failure to meet the 24-hour deadline an appeal to a JRB will result in an automatic administrative
withdrawal. In the event an appeal is made to the JRB near the end of a semester, the SVSPA reserves the right to
decide the appeal in place of the JRB.
NOTE: During the appeal process, the student should continue attending classes. Depending upon the nature of the
violation and other circumstances, the SVPSA or designee has the option of suspending a student from classes and/or
removal from campus while awaiting the appeal.
• If the JRB upholds the administrative withdrawal, the student typically will need to move out of the residence
hall within 48 hours of the final decision. All academic work is lost for the semester except classes that have
been completed before the time of the decision. The student may be asked to leave sooner if considered he or
she is a disruption to the campus community.
* Once administratively withdrawn, the student will not be pennitted to visit the campus until student status has
* Reapplication is subject to administrative review after a six-month period of absence from the university.
* In the case of an administrative withdrawal for the commission of a felony (i.e., assault, drug and/or stealing
offense), readmission will be considered after a minimum one-year absence from the university. Readmission
is also subject to administrative review and approval.
Judicial Review Board
The Judicial Review Board (JRB) will be comprised of three faculty members approved by the Provost and two
students representing the Student Govermnent Association, which are approved by the SVPSA. The SVPSA, or
designee, will chair the JRB. A JRB for a case of a violation of the Statement on Sexual Harassment, Discrimination,
and Assault will be comprised solely of three or more faculty members. The chairperson is a non-voting member of
the JRB. The Office of Community Life will provide the JRB a summary of the incident, along with a background
report on the student’s behavioral record, and will present the facts to the JRB.
* The JRB may examine the circumstances and details of the incident
* The JRB may, but is not required to, hear testimony, review evidence and call any witnesses deemed
The JRB will determine whether there was sufficient evidence to constitute a violation of the Student Honor Code and
whether the imposed discipline is fair and consistent with stated policies.
The JRB’s decision is determined by majority vote. The JRB will vote to either uphold or overturn the previous
decisions. In the case of an overturn, the JRB may recommend alternative discipline to the SVPSA or designee, which
may be more or less severe. The SVPSA or designee will make the final determination for any alternate discipline. If
the JRB decides to uphold the administrative withdrawal decision, the JRB may also recommend additional
requirements for return or that consideration be given for early return. The appeal to the JRB is the last step in the
appeal process and the JRB’s decision is final, except where the JRB recommends alternative discipline and then the
SVPSA’s, or designee, subsequent decision is final.
An appeal to a JRB involving an alleged violation of the Policy on Sexual Harassment, Discrimination, and Assault is
governed by a specific set of guidelines established by the university’s Title IX Office.
NOTE: Parents may be notified of a student ’s disciplinary probation, assignment of disciplinary community service,
retention, or administrative withdrawal and a copy of the aforementioned action will be placed in the student’s
A student who is administratively withdrawn or not allowed to return may submit a written request for readmission to
the Dean of Students at deanofstudents/S, liberty, edu . Before a return will be considered, the student should provide a
thorough account of the actions that led to his or her dismissal or non-return and his or her strategy for successful
continuance at the university. Additionally, a letter of recommendation from a pastor, counselor, or civic leader, along
with a letter of recommendation from the student’s parent(s) or guardian should be submitted. Readmission to the
university will be subject to any stipulations made by the Dean of Students in consultation with the Office of
Community Life . This process does not guarantee readmission. If readmission is granted, the appropriate Associate
Director of Community Life will notify the student and the Office of Admissions.
All complaints regarding the Student Honor Code may be emailed to the Dean of Students Office at
deanofstudentstajliberty.edu . The complainant will be encouraged to complete an official “Statement of Record”
detailing the information relevant to his or her complaint in the Dean of Students Office. The Dean of Students or
Senior Vice President for Student Affairs and/or a designated representative will review the complaint.
Students are encouraged to self-report when they have knowingly committed a violation of the Student Honor Code.
When this is done, the university will provide discreet counsel and support to the student. This policy is intended for
students seeking to acknowledge wrongdoing and make corrections.
A student has the option of self-reporting to any Liberty University community member within one week of the
offense. It is then the responsibility of the community member to whom the offense was reported to accompany the
student to the Dean of Students Office as soon as possible. (If an investigation has begun and there is already prior
knowledge of the incident, it may not be considered a self-report.) The Dean of Students Office will work with the
student in setting the necessary boundaries and accountability measures in place to foster an environment for growth.
Students may only self-report the same behavior once per semester without sanctions.
The Liberty University community promotes chastity for its unwed students; however, women who become pregnant
are included in this self-report policy. The LU Shepherds Office or Student Counseling Services is available to assist
students through this process.
NOTE: Violations of the law ( serious misdemeanors or felonies) may carry sanctions up to and including
administrative withdrawal even when there is a self-report.
Convocation is an assembly of the university community and its purpose is to develop campus unity, disseminate
information, and challenge students spiritually, socially, morally, and intellectually. Convocation provides forums for
the social and political issues of the day, as well as educational topics of diverse interest for the benefit of students,
faculty, and staff. Guest speakers from the world of business, politics, education, religion, and the sciences also help to
make Convocation a refreshing and challenging time. All students are required to attend Convocation.
LIVING OFF CAMPUS
To qualify for off campus living, students must either be 21 years of age or older by December 3 1 for the fall semester
or May 3 1 for the spring semester, or be living with a parent or sibling who is over the age of 21 .
Students who live off campus are expected to abide by the Student Honor Code. Living off campus is a privilege that
may be revoked at the discretion of the Office of Community Life . Any unmarried student under the age of 25, who
repeatedly violates the Honor Code, may be required to move back on campus immediately or the following semester
Liberty student email accounts are the official means of communication for the Liberty University community and
students are expected to check their email account on a regular basis. Students are also expected to visit the Liberty
University Splash Page regularly for official announcements and information.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, as amended, sets forth requirements pertaining to
the privacy of student records. FERPA governs the release of these records (known as education records) maintained
by an educational institution, as well as the access to these records. For detailed information on FERPA, visit the
webpage for Liberty’s Office of the Registrar .
Students may inspect and review his or her disciplinary record by submitting a written request to the Office of
Community Life . The university will comply with this request within 45 days after receiving the request and an
explanation and interpretation of the records will be provided to the student. When a record contains information
pertaining to other students, the student may inspect and review only the information pertaining to student requesting
If a student cannot commute a reasonable distance to inspect and review a record, a copy of the record (as specified by
FERPA) will be provided. A fee to cover copying and postage will be assessed. Liberty University reserves the right to
deny copies of official student records or transcripts if the student has an unpaid financial obligation to the university
or there are unresolved disciplinary actions pertaining to the student.